DIY Tutorial: Personalized Stamp

Making a custom stamp is so much easier than you'd think.
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Making a custom stamp is so much easier than you'd think.
DIY personalized stamp

Finals may be fast-approaching, but it's better to take a creative study break than an unproductive one, right? In between all my final projects, I took the time to create this personalized stamp with a spare wooden block I had. Sometimes taking your mind off academic work for a bit is the best way to refocus your energy. That way, the next time you hit the books, you're as efficient as possible.

This DIY tutorial will show you how to create your own personalized stamp - you can use this to decorate a notebook, add your initials to a letter, or even create a geometric pattern by repeating the stamp over and over.

With this method, you can create any stamp shape you want - the only limit is your imagination. I find what works best is a simple shape with clean lines and not too many curves, but hey, if your X-Acto skills are on-point, feel free to try any complicated shape you want!

Materials:

diy stamp materials
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Pencil
  • Ink Pad
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Wood Block
  • Foam Sheet

Steps:

diy stamp step 1

1. Trace the wood block's shape onto the foam sheet. You'll be mounting the stamp on the block later, so it can't be bigger than the block.

diy stamp step 2

2. Draw the shape(s) you want the stamp to be onto the foam.

diy stamp step 3

3. Use your X-Acto knife to carefully cut out the shapes.

4. Attach the shapes to the wood block with hot glue.

Note: If your stamp contains any words or initials, attach them to the block *backwards.* When you stamp, they'll be in the right order. (I messed this up the first time!)

diy initial stamp

5. After the glue dries completely, you can dip your stamp in ink and start stamping!

What do you think?

This is a fun way to add some pizzazz to your school supplies or your next party invite. How do you take study breaks during finals? What will you use your stamp for? Let me know in the comments!